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13 de Marzo del 2000

WAVE OF VIOLENCE SWEEPS ACROSS LAS TUNAS CITY. By Ildefonso Hidalgo, Cuba Free Press.

Las Tunas.- In 10 days a significant number of citizens of this city were killed or wounded violently. The dramatic nature of the murders has alarmed the populace. The victims:

Mislavis Ramírez Batista, 26, of Martinillo, Jobabo, suffered various knife wounds, one of which damaged the lung, causing her death. Mislavis was 15 weeks pregnant and met death at the hands of her husband who jealously attacked after finding her talking with another man. He killed her on the spot, apparently not caring that he killed two beings.

Mikel Soto Batista, 38, of No. 164 Ramón Orduño, Las Tunas, received severe injuries to the skull and various hematomas. The cause of death was a crushing blow on the head with a pipe used by his attacker who tried to rob him of his pig.

Yunier Escobar Rodríguez, 17, student of the Julio Reyes Cairo Teaching Institute, was severely wounded while being robbed of some work boots.

Carlos Córdoba, 37, of No. 28 Third Street, in the suburb of Sosa, was stabbed to death by someone who stole his two tethered pigs.

Carlos Enrique Castillo of Buenavista Heights Street in Las Tunas lost his life at the hands of his jealous homosexual partner. The killer said his "love" was so great that if Carlos wasn't his, he wouldn't be anyone's.

Alfredo Echevarría Pérez of the town of Jobabo was killed by a gunshot that split open his heart in the middle. He was involved in a big brawl over money bet at the horse races. There also were various other people injured by attacks with pipes and "cold steel"(knives).

Horse racing is illegal but there was a very large one in Manatí, a municipality of Las Tunas. People attended from all over the country. There was a lot of money at stake and since someone didn't pay the murderer, he killed Echevarría with a single shot.

With the exception of the murder at the horse races, whose perpetrator fled and still has not been found, the assailants in the other cases are all behind bars.

Ildefonso Hidalgo, Cuba Free Press.


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